Prominent local attorney and longtime Laguna Beach County Water District Commissioner Susan M. Trager died Tuesday in her Laguna Beach home. She was 63.
Trager was the first woman appointed to the district board since it was founded in 1925. With more than 30 years of experience in water law, Trager had much to offer the district, which at that time was rethinking its decision to relinquish its independence to the city rather than be forced by the Orange County Local Agency Formation Committee into a shotgun wedding with South Coast Water District.
"When Susan spoke, people listened," said Renae Hinchey, district general manager. "She was confident, tenacious and persistent in making sure that Laguna Beach's water concerns were represented. She was the type of woman who, when she dedicated herself to something, really fought for what she believed in."
Although Trager lost the battle to restore the district's independence, she was able to wrest a concession that established the district as a subsidiary of the city.